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Published 1987 by Library of America (first published 1975)
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Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
DuBois, one of the greatest and most prolific writers/thinkers of our time and one of the foundational scholars anyone, interested in "the race problem" , should use as a critical resource and guide.
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A powerful story with a dualism that is intriguing and sad.
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Opened my eyes to many things as a young male growing up in the USA.
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W. E. B. Du Bois was undoubtedly one of the most important and original thinkers of the twentieth century. His influence continues to be felt today through the impetus he gave to the Civil Rights Movement, postcolonialism, and sociology as an academic discipline. His prose is always eloquent, his arguments, even when one cannot entirely agree, always compelling. I recommend that anyone who desires to come into contact with one of the greatest modern minds develop a familiarity with him. And this ...more
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difficult read, but a classic book everyone should read about american life. He is the father of african american sociology
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For the book club and it was okay. Some of the chapters on how the freed slaves were financially manipulated are very powerful.
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In 1868, W.E.B. Du Bois (William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, pronounced 'doo-boyz') was born in Massachusetts. He attended Fisk College in Nashville, then earned his BA in 1890 and his MS in 1891 from Harvard. Du Bois studied at the University of Berlin, then earned his doctorate in history from Harvard in 1894. He taught economics and history at Atlanta University from 1897-1910. The Souls of Black ...more
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“The theology of the average colored church is basing itself far too much upon 'Hell and Damnation'—upon an attempt to scare people into being decent and threatening them with the terrors of death and punishment. We are still trained to believe a good deal that is simply childish in theology. The outward and visible punishment of every wrong deed that men do, the repeated declaration that anything can be gotten by anyone at any time by prayer.

[Essay entitled 'On Christianity', published posthumously]”
“Thus all art is propaganda and ever must be, despite the wailing of the purists. I stand in utter shamelessness and say that whatever art I have for writing has been used always for propaganda for gaining the right of black folk to love and enjoy. I do not care a damn for any art that is not used for propaganda. But I do care when propaganda is confined to one side while the other is stripped and silent.” 0 likes
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